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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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88
very good

981 Ratings
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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 46
Gots: 124 | FT: 3
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-25-2008

Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.

25 IBU
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a big white head, that last throughout the whole bottle. Light amber color, but extremely turbid and cloudy?

Smell is malty, herbal/floral, with a slight coconut aroma. Also has a nice Belgian yeast aroma.

Tastes of stone fruits, floral, and spice from the yeast. Nice balance in the hops.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, but nice and dry for a bigger beer. Perfect carbonation, it seemed high at first but ends up really nice.

Drinkability is good. I did finish the whole bottle by myself over dinner and did not get that overly buzzed feeling. Nice beer that would be really great on a summer evening.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottled on date to be found. I assume it's from summer 2010, just bought it off the shelf last week. Enjoyed on 03/03/11.

A - Nice bright gold color with a huge white head that takes up half my glass even after a careful pour. All kinds of bubble coming up from the bottom throughout the tasting. A good half finger head stays the entire time and leaves a thin wall of lacing.

S - Upon opening the bottle, I immediately got some hints of honey but I can't get it directly from my glass. Belgian yeast, citrus, peppery spiciness. Smells like a mix between a tripel and a saison.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. A good creamy light maltiness followed by some citrus and good spiciness. Finish is very dry and quite spicy.

M/D - Mouthfeel is great although it may be slightly over-carbonated. Drinkability is high, the alcohol is quite well hidden.

Another great Belgian-style beer from The Bruery. Very nice representation with some saison-like attributes as well.

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Look: Clear burnt gold with and aggressive white head. One Very active beer with tons of legs!

Smell: lots of Belgian sugar and yeast funk on the nose. Getting Belgian sugar, bananas, white peppercorn, big yeast funk, green apple, some straw, oranges, tangerines, and something earthy throughout maybe the basil but smells more like fresh grape leaves and lemon grass. Smells tasty and fresh.

Taste: Woah! This is one tasty brew. Definitely a trippel base but quickly jumps to fresh apricots, banana, lemongrass, maybe a bit of mango, pineapple, then back to the trippel with slight peppercorn, Belgian sugar, and yeast funk. One very funky and tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: This beer is light and peppery at first but that makes way for a more medium thirst quenching body. It is still surprisingly light on its feet given the ABV and packs a big taste punch! The alcohol is slightly detected in a hint of warmth.

Overall: I took a chance with this brew considering the ingredients but boy I'm glad I did. This beer is easy drinking with a big flavor punch that is both refreshing and fruity but still has a very tasty Belgian core

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hooray for having access to The Bruery's great seasonal stuff! Drinking this today while watching Game 2 of the Phillies/Rockies NLDS.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Hennepin tulip a crystal-clear golden amber. The head is huge and off-white and settles into a solid, rocky cap. Definitely one of the more impressive heads I've seen on a beer.

SMELL: This beer is a force! Big on the breadiness, big on the spiciness, and big on the authentic Belgian yeast notes. Light citrus notes are there for support, but this beer is all about the yeast and the crazy esters it gives.

TASTE: Decently sweet and nowhere near dry enough. But the flavors are fantastic with a much more pronounced fruitiness and the spiciness to match it. The herbal quality of the Thai basil is apparent here (presumably) and it really works well. Again, the yeast esters are as authentic as the real deal from Belgium.

MOUTHFEEL: It has a fuller body than most Tripels but is still on the good side of medium, barely. The carbonation is at a high level which is perfect.

DRINKABILITY: A dryness would improve this area as well, but the beer is so tasty that I'll be happy to drink the whole thing. I might actually be done before the end of the game too!

There are so many great things happening here, but it falls short of perfect. If nothing else, The Bruery's beers never fail to be unique. I can definitely recommend this one.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything looks in order... glowing honey gold body topped with a swelling three fingers of loose paper white head, leaving layer after layer of lacing.

Nose is rather nondescript... yeast and clove, esters... no obvious adjunct presence, I tend to think that the basil might be too reminiscent of the naturally occurring tripel spice notes to really make itself known.

Judging by taste alone, I think this is my favorite of the goofy ingredient Bruery beers. Very solid tripel makes for a great backbone to host the subtle thai twist. Smooth stuff indeed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber gold hazy beer with a fat head that draped tons of lace inside my glass

S: gotta be the basil - has a vegetal/herbal aroma that dominates the nose

T: the rice and basil make for a fairly vegetal tripel; the fruitiness common to tripels is subdued; there is some malty sweetness underneath, but this is not a particularly sweet tripel

M: fizzy carbonation, light-medium body; mediocre aftertaste (I'm gonna use the word "vegetal" again)

O: I love tripels and enjoy any beer that expands my tripel horizons - this is an interesting beer that tastes different but it is still enjoyable. That said, it is not necessarily what I want when I'm in the mood for a tripel, but it is worth the buy and try.

Addendum: the beer happened to have warmed very nicely and it grew on my palate, and by the end of my drink, I was really enjoying it.

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.